I underwent the VSG, Gastric Sleeve, in February of 2010. Other than an incident with dehydration, my first few months were free of physical side effects.
Around month three or four, I experienced an episode of choking upon my stomach contents while sleeping, but I thought that was just because I’d eaten too close to bedtime. In fact, I’d eaten in the bed and went right back to sleep.
A few weeks later, I noticed that I was having heartburn a few times a week. Up until that point, the only time I’d ever had heartburn in my life was during my pregnancy.
I took a few over-the-counter antacids, but that didn’t seem to help. The heartburn kept getting stronger and more frequent, so I tried acid reducers like ranitidine, cimetidine, etc. Eventually, it got to the point that the only thing that would manage my symptoms was Prevacid, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi).
As long as I take my ppi daily, my symptoms of GERD are pretty much under control. Not eating within an hour and a half of bedtime and sleeping with my head elevated have also helped with my symptoms.
If you’re experiencing acid reflux or GERD after your Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, you’re not alone.